Kaze – “Atody Man” (Libra Records, 2018)

“Atody Man” was released on February 23, 2018 by “Libra Records”. Album was recorded by talented and expressive jazz masters – Satoko Fujii (piano), Natsuki Tamura (trumpet), Christian Pruvost (trumpet) and Peter Orins (drums). This album is a good opportunity to hear the jazz masters from Japan and France playing and improvising together. Different traditions, the elements of Europe, Japan, France and American avant-garde jazz are masterfully combined together. All these four musicians are outstanding and masterful improvisers – their original, unique and expressive playing is based on free and spontaneous improvising and fascinating musical experiments. Each of them has contrasting, interesting and original musical language, which is based on their native countries music elements. Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura improvising styles are based on synthesis between traditional Japan music, folk music elements, Japan avant-garde jazz elements and the music elements of various Europe countries. All these elements are gently combined together in their improvisations – wild fast and furious blow outs, expressive and emotional solos, striking melodies are connected together with the basic elements of Japan native and ethnical music, its harmony, rhythms and expressions. The elements of American, Europe and Japan avant-garde jazz and its basic elements are organically fused together in their improvisations. Christian Pruvost and Peter Orins are the active members of France avant-garde jazz scene. Their improvising is based on Europe and American avant-garde jazz elements. Striking, evocative, expressive and vivid improvising is full of different playing manners, techniques, experiments and other elements.

This album compositions are based on synthesis between various cultures, countries and different avant-garde jazz elements. Europe and Asia music elements, the intonations of Japan music, harmonies and rhythms are masterfully combined together in one composition. These four musicians are improvising interesting and original – their collective improvisations are especially energetic, emotional and passionate. Trumpet improvisations by Christian Pruvost and Natsuki Tamura are full of different playing manners and techniques – both musicians are improvising masterfully and expressively. Virtuosic and wild fast arpeggios, striking, loud and rapid passages, furious, powerful, vibrant and energetic blow outs, bright and memorable melodies, dramatic and extremely loud culminations and silent and abstract episodes – all these elements are gently combined together in these improvisations. Both musicians are improvising together, their playing is based on expressive, unpredictable and contrasting dialogs, unusual sounds, different playing manners  and illustrated by excellent background. The most effective episodes of their playing are in the collective improvisations – this is the place, where their improvisations are especially bright, powerful, fascinating and full of unpredictanle and unexpected stylistic waves and turns. Trumpeters are experimenting in all ways of musical language – wide range of extended and innovative playing techniques, free and spontaneous solos, colorful expressions and other elements of musical language are masterfully combined together. The traditions of Europe and Asia music elements are masterfully synthesized together – harmonies, scales, rhythms, expressive and passionate improvisations, specific and interesting intonations of Japan music are used here. Piano improvisations by Satoko Fujii are emotional ,expressive and have astonishing sound. His music is based on contrasts – from expressive, loud, fast, rapid and powerful solos to the silent, soft, subtle and lyric improvisations. Pianist masterfully and effectively fuses together wide range of different melodies, intonations, expressions, harmonies and rhythms. Dynamic and contrasting harmony is formed by piano and effects whole sound – from extrmely sharp, dissonance, aggressive and provocative chords pianist switches to specific and colorful harmony of Japan music. All these elements are masterfully fused together in his improvisations. Drums improvisations by Pter Orins are especially dynamic and energetic – fascinating and powerful solos, loud drum rolls, striking, evocative, active, rapid and expressive improvisations, free experiments, sudden trills, tremolos, passages, glissando and innovative ways of playing are illustrated by unusual and colorful percussions. Peter Orins improvisations have especially energetic, rapid, vivid and vivacious sound. Bright, rich and interesting musical language, wide range of different playing techniques, original and unexpected stylistic waves, masterful improvising – all these elements create expressive and original sound of this album.

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